Tears

Entry 062 for Sunday June 14, 2020

The core questions:

Credit goes to Ben and readers of his blog for these “Four Questions” and the five stretch questions.

  1. What did you do today? A lot of cleanup on feedback to students; woke up late again which was nice. I also contacted my Creative Commons course facilitator to let him know my post this day might be late; then I realized this was a two week module and it is due the following Sunday.
  2. What did you enjoy? Every semester I have my students reflect to close the cycle of learning. I have been asking my students to post their assignments on their own blogs for five years now and I always love to see their growth in writing styles, substance and form. They sometimes post “standard homework deliveries” but all of them grow into their own style. This semester I added a writing piece to my first year student work which is not on blogs. The prompt was “On Being a Student during Covid19”. There were some wonderful essays, poems, SONGS and many audio and video recordings of their voices telling me their stories. Brought me to tears of joy mixed with sadness.
  3. What did you find difficult? See above. Reading through these experiences of my students was hard to get through. Most were a page or two of writing but some of the recordings hit the 30 minute mark. That is a lot of reading, listening and watching but all worth it. My students put their heart into that work and I owe it to them to read it all.
  4. What has changed? This is the first “covid teaching evaluations”. I have some back already (and they were good) from the courses which ended in the 1st or 2nd period. In a couple weeks I should have the rest and I am sure that will be another blog post or two.

Featured Image Credit

A young girl wiping a tear from her eye.
“Tears” flickr photo by [email protected] https://flickr.com/photos/gracewong/77586414 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Video Released Today

No videos today, still thinking about weekend recordings.

 

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